Though today’s full Worm Moon came into visibility early this morning (Tuesday, March 7th) and peaked around 7:40am EST, New Yorkers will still have a chance to see it rise again tonight at 99% illumination, according to Space.com.
Upon reaching it’s full phase this morning, the moon was about 400,000 km from the Earth, reports In the Sky.
Look up tonight any time after 6:09pm and you’ll see it illuminating the NYC sky. Know you’re going to be busy tonight? You can catch it virtually streamed from Rome starting at 1:30pm EST on The Virtual Telescope Project’s website.
The name of the full Worm Moon was originally believed to be derived from earthworms emerging during this time of year as spring approaches. However, further research shows that Native American Tribes actually referred to beetle larvae instead of earthworms, as they began appearing from tree bark following winter’s harsh temperatures.
Since this full moon occurs before the spring equinox (Monday, March 20th) it is also referred to as the Lenten Moon, explains The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Even more names are used like the Eagle, Goose, Sugar or Crow Comes Back Moon.
According to In the Sky, the moon will rise about an hour later each day following today’s full Worm Moon. This coincides with longer, lighter days ahead with Daylight Saving Time coming on March 13th. That day will mark the first 7pm sunset of the year.
The next full moon won’t be until April 6th, that is better known as the Pink Moon. It is the first full moon of spring when flowers begin to bloom, which is how it derives it’s name—not from any actual appearance in color.
So get ready for a dazzling lunar experience you won’t want to miss!